A man who posted racist tweets about Mohamed Salah has received a suspended jail sentence.
During an online chat with Liverpool fans, Gary Hyland, 32, from Bootle, Merseyside, joked about the Egyptian striker praying to Mecca at half-time and sent altered images of the whole team praying to Allah.
A supporter asked him: “What’s the issue with Muslims lad? Can you even articulate it?”
Hyland – reportedly an Everton fan – then sent a photograph of Salah with a suicide vest superimposed on the top part of the player’s body as well as making racist remarks about Salah and sending further images that poked fun at people praying to Allah.
The tweets on August 6 were reported to Merseyside Police and two days later Hyland was arrested at his home.
Hyland later said to officers: “I know I’ll get charged. It was me.”